Cumbrian teachers could lose quarter of their pay in 'rebalance'
Last updated at 12:19, Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Teachers in Cumbria could lose a quarter of their salary if they are brought in line with private sector pay locally.
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Jay, although it is possible to earn more without a degree, the median hourly rate of pay for all graduates aged 21 to 64 is Â£15.18, 70% more than the non-graduate rate of Â£8.92.
Some good and valid points Paul M but lest not forget that although it is a vocation people who go into teaching expect fair reward and pay does matter - you can't expect them to go into it for low pay, unless you expected Doctors to do the same, or Lawyers, etc. Years of study to qualify should result in higher pay. I agree somewhat about many comments about many qualified people feeling superior, it's often true, but not in the teaching profession. I have first hand experience of working with degree qualified people in managerial jobs who, quite frankly, were useless even though they were paid a lot more. Perhaps we should distinguish degree qualified people and degree qualified jobs?I'm not in favour of pay by results in teaching as that would open up a can of works. How would you compare a teacher in a school that may be in a deprived area, with a significant proportion of children coming from troubled backgrounds and getting no help at home, children who stay only a short time, i.e. travellers or children of those in refuges, schools with high numbers of children who start school not being able to speak English or have it as a secondary language. Compare that with a school in a well-to-do area, with comfortable and more supporting backgrounds, with more children having computers and access to the internet etc (OK, I'm generalising but it's quite true on averages)?Would you pay the latter more? After all, their exam results are usually better. Or would you pay the first more as the teachers have a far more difficult job to do?It's an interesting question as exam results don't tell the full story.
Jim says that "Teachers get paid to mark exam scripts on *top* of their salaries". I think you'll find the marking being discussed is marking mock exam papers, exercise book, tests etc. All done to allow the teacher to assess the child. Yes teachers can take on paid marking of exam papers but they are few and far between.